Faculty Profile

The key personnel for the proposed program are composed of three faculty members in Korean Studies and two student counselors.



Dr. Heejeong Sohn

Director in Korean Language and Culture is a long time instructor for Korean language and a scholar in Korean modern history. Dr. Sohn’s role is to oversee, administer and coordinate all aspects of the proposed project, including academic/cultural programming, logistics, implementation of cultural enhancement programs, participant monitoring and evaluation of the program. Dr. Sohn has long been involved in organizing and leading study tours to Korea for specialized groups of scholars, undergraduate students, and high school AP history teachers. For past few years, she has designed and implemented a signature study abroad to Korea program called TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) for SUNY through which she send about a dozen undergraduate students to Korea for internship and research every year. She earned her Ph.D in History from Stony Brook University and teaches an Introduction to Korean Culture and Korean History as well as Korean language courses.




JiwonDr. Jiwon Hwang

Lecturer of Korean, will lead a language training program and be responsible for coordinating with the other instructor.  As one of the instructors for the proposed program, she will be responsible for developing language curriculum with a strong emphasis on practical and cultural components incorporated into the curriculum. She will also coordinate with Dr. Sohn for cultural exchange programs, and be in charge of the evaluation processes throughout the program.

Dr. Hwang earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics with a concentration in second language acquisition from Stony Brook University and has taught Korean language courses, a wide range of linguistics courses, and ESL and TESOL methodology courses. She currently teaches all levels of Korean and Structure of Korean, while being actively involved in the operation of the teacher certification program for Korean language. Her research includes second language learners’ perception and production and non-native speakers’ speech adaptation patterns.



nariMs. Nari Kovalski

Lecturer of Korean, will develop language curriculum in collaboration with Dr. Hwang and serve as instructor of the Korean course. She will lead the cultural exchange programs and be responsible for coordinating with the two student counselors before, during and after the proposed program, to ensure the safety and security of the participants.

Nari Kovalski is currently a lecturer of Korean in Stony Brook University.  She is also an E-learning instructor in Ocean County College and teaching online courses under Social Science Department.  She has a B.S in psychology and holds a M.S degree in Post-Secondary Adult Education.  She has been working on designing an online training course for new faculty and wrote a training manual, “Teaching Manual for New Adjunct Faculty.”   Currently, she is the owner of Nari K. Consulting LLC that provides consulting services for adjunct faculty in online and blended course design and instructional development in higher education. Her teaching philosophy is focused on “learner-centered” and integrating technology in active learning classroom.